At the second time of asking, Mayo are off the mark in this year’s LGFA National Football League.
Second best to Meath in the Dome last weekend, Liam McHale’s charges eked out a sweet win over the neighbours this afternoon. They got the better of Galway in this Round 2 Division One clash at Duggan Park, Ballinasloe, from where they emerged victors by 2-5 to 0-10.
The win was by the minimum margin in what was in every sense a tight contest. In that respect, Lisa Cafferky’s two goals – one in each half – were vital. It really was a case of goals win games.
I was on the road this afternoon myself so was only able to follow the game in snatches. What I’m reporting here is, as a result, very much a second-hand account. Darren Kelly’s first-hand match report for the LGFA’s website (here) tells the tale of the game far better than I can.
We made one change to our selected team ahead of throw-in. MacHale Rovers’ Sinéad Walsh came in for her first start of the campaign, replacing Alana Fitzpatrick at centre-forward.
Maria Cannon was our main sharpshooter in the Dome last Sunday and her place-kicking was to the fore for us early on today as well. After Galway had opened the scoring, two frees from the Burrishoole player edged us in front but they then scored three without reply.
That meant it was a good time for us to get a goal and Lisa Cafferky duly supplied it. Sinéad Walsh followed up with a point, they responded in kind and we took a one-point lead into the break.
We made a change for the second half, with Emily Reape coming on for Lucy Wallace. They got going first on the resumption to level the match but Lisa Cafferky pointed to edge us back in front.
We made another change, with Emma Needham replacing Fiona McHale. They drew level once more but then Lisa Cafferky bagged her second goal, with Fionnuala McLaughlin adding a point to put us four up.
Galway fought back strongly over the closing minutes, notching three points without reply. A late free from Róisín Leonard gave the home side the chance to share the spoils but it drifted wide and so instead it was a first win of the campaign for the Green and Red. If the lads can do likewise tomorrow it will certainly make for a good weekend for us.
Mayo: Lisa Reid; Lucy Wallace, Nicola O’Malley, Saoirse Lally; Kathyrn Sullivan; Danielle Caldwell, Jenna Mortimer; Aoife Geraghty, Hannah Reape; Fionnula McLaughlin (0-1), Sinéad Walsh (0-1), Maria Cannon (0-2, frees); Tara Needhan, Fiona McHale, Lisa Cafferky (2-1). Subs: Emily Reape for Lucy Wallace, Emma Needham for Fiona McHale, Alana Fitzpatrick for Hannah Reape, Niamh Mooney for Tara Needham.